Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Addresses Matchmaking and "Reverse Boosting" Bans

"No one wants to lose an objective-based match by effectively being outnumbered while their teammate shoots grenades into their own forehead 100 times in the corner."

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Sledgehammer Games Studio Head and Co-Founder Michael Condrey has addressed players' concerns regarding matchmaking issues and bans related to "reverse boosting"

"First, and I can't stress this enough, player connection to the host always takes priority over skill in the matchmaking process – always, no exceptions," Condrey said in a post to the game's official website. "Fast connection to a match hosted on our global dedicated servers is the most important component of our matchmaking system."

Condrey said that skill is taken into consideration, but to a lesser extent, and that the current matchmaking system is basically identical to what Activision had in place for previous Call of Duty games. However, players may get very different results and even connect to players in different countries depending on the time, DoubleXP events, and other factors.

Condrey also addressed the issue of "reverse boosting," referring to players who kill themselves in the game to artificially lower their stats so they can be matched with and dominate less skilled players.

"No one wants to lose an objective based match by effectively being outnumbered while their teammate shoots grenades into their own forehead 100 times in the corner," Condrey said. "It's not dissimilar from the bans that cheaters and boosters receive, and we have increased our focus on reverse boost banning to combat the growing issue. No one is trying to restrict the fun factor of playing Advanced Warfare with this policy, nor are we actively banning against particular styles of play, like trick shots. However, we have a low tolerance approach to people who ruin the experience for others through cheating, boosting, reverse boosting or being caught with toxic emblems in game."

If you're playing a ton of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you'll want to read the rest of Condrey's post here.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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